Death Stranding hands you the world with November release date

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Hideo Kojima is ready to captivate audiences with untold hours of non-stop dialogue as Death Stranding hands PS4 owners a November release date.

It’s easy to make fun of the depths of absurdity Hideo Kojima dives into regularly with the promoted content of Death Stranding. It is, however, starkly self-defeating that so many decry the state of AAA games with its cookie-cutter gameplay designs and games-as-a-service monetization techniques yet take every opportunity to get their digs at Kojima Productions for daring to create something outside the norms.

That’s not to say that Death Stranding is guaranteed to be a compelling, quality or successful game, but even from today’s drawn-out promotional teaser on Twitch (streaming for close to a day before the eventual reveal) you could see some interesting gameplay details drip out slowly, but surely.

Who are the yellow Hazmat suit-wearing enemies attacking Sam with lightning? Is he using his tool to rope descend down a cliffside? Who are these faces peering on the sides of the darkness as it slowly begins to fade away? We finally got an answer to those questions heading into noon ET today, as Kojima Productions revealed the Death Stranding release date with a brand new trailer.

Coming on November 8 exclusively for the PS4 (for now), Death Stranding finally pulled back the curtain in giving us detail on characters previously named “Unidentified _____,” as well as showing actual gameplay. Sam Bridges is America’s last hope in the eyes of Bridget, the future President of the United States. But, as the trailer shows, whatever Sam is transporting across the apocalyptic country isn’t going to do the country any good.

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Edgenaught City, what may be the last refuge for humanity in the country, is the subject of attack from a terrorist group known as the Homodemons; supernatural entities that leave craters in towns. Sam can be seen fighting them off in the combat portions of the Death Stranding trailer, somehow able to punch combo and fend them off.

While the future is in your hands in this game, the ghostly apparitions known as BTs can drag you into the past, sending Sam as far back as World War conflict as part of a void out. It seems like Cliff, played by Mads Mikkelsen, is the leader of a skeletal squad that can travel to the past, as well, tinkering with the perception of Sam’s lineage and age jumping throughout the game.

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Other characters formally named in the Death Stranding release date trailer include Fragile (Léa Seydoux), Mama (Margaret Qualley), Deadman (Guillermo Del Toro), Heartman (Nicolas Winding Refn), Die-Hardman (Tommie Earl Jenkins), Higgs (Troy Baker) and Amelie (Lindsay Wagner). Hopefully, we’ll know a teensy bit more about this game closer to the November 8 release date.